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  • African milk barrel
  • Eventual height: 1.5m
  • Eventual spread: 0.5m

Euphorbia horrida

African milk barrel

RHS award of garden merit
15cm pot - 22cm tall £19.99
15cm pot - 22cm tall £19.99
  • Position: bright but indirect light
  • Compost: specialist cacti compost
  • Rate of growth: slow
  • Hardiness: tender (indoors only)
  • Current height: approximately 22cm (including pot)
  • Pot covers: choose a 16cm pot cover to give a good fit over the pot.

    Forming chunky, upright stems that are deeply ridged and clothed in long spines, this fleshy stemmed shrub could easily pass for a cactus! A holder of the coveted 'Award of Garden Merit' by the RHS, it's an easy to grow house plant that will add structure and form to the collection - the small green flowers that often appear in summer are a bonus! Please note that the pot in the photograph is not supplied with the plant (which is sent out in a black plastic pot). They do however make excellent potted plants, and if you wish to pot yours up, we do have a wide range of pots on our website to choose from.

  • Home care: Place it in a bright spot and in spring and summer, water when the compost gets dry, but make sure it never sits in excess water for any length of time. In autumn and winter cut back on the watering but do not let it dry out completely. Avoid a humid atmosphere (no bathrooms or steamy kitchens) and in the warmer months, open a window or door occasionally so it can enjoy the fresh air. Repot every year or two into a slightly larger pot using cacti compost. You will find it easier to tackle if you concertina a couple of sheets of newspaper and then fold these around the spines, leaving a 'tail' that you can use to lift the plant out of one pot and into another. Otherwise invest in some thorn-proof gloves!
  • CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin & eye irritant

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